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Nov 21, 2000 | ISBN 9780375400810

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“With around 170 lyricists on offer, the book makes its share of worthwhile rediscoveries . . . That’s the fun of Reading Lyrics. Readers can hum along with songs they know, while songs they don’t will have them hurrying off to the nearest music megastore.” 
The New York Times Book Review 

Reading Lyrics defies literary categorization. It’s reference work. It’s a singalong book. It’s a shadow history of taste and mores over much of the past century. It’s a valentine to a now-vanished artistic craft. And it’s an act of fond provocation.”
—The Boston Globe
“This wondrous and magical concoction is highly recommended.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“Both a groundbreaking social document and its own pleasure dome. Its 706 pages confirm the accomplishments of the greats, but they also provide surprises.” 
The New Yorker 

“Sparklingly entertaining, Reading Lyrics exalts the lyrical sublimity of such cunning wordsmiths as Porter, Gershwin, and Coward.” 
Vanity Fair

“This music is an amazing art form; it’s a substantial cultural phenomenon.”

“What joy! No sooner do the lyrics appear before one’s eyes than reading gives way to song.”
Billboard Magazine

“One of the finest collections of words there is. To quote P.G. Wodehouse, ‘And I wish someday I could find my way/To the land where the good songs go.’ That land is Reading Lyrics. ‘S wonderful.”

Table Of Contents

Introduction xxiii
Anne Caldwell (1867–1936)
I Know That You Know 3
Left All Alone Again Blues 3
Raggedy Ann 4
Otto Harbach (1873–1963)
Let’s Begin 6
The Love Nest 7
Poor Pierrot 7
She Didn’t Say “Yes” 8
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 8
Yesterdays 9
George M. Cohan (1878–1942)
Down by the Erie Canal 10
Forty-five Minutes from Broadway 10
Give My Regards to Broadway 11
I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle Tune 11
If I’m Going to Die I’m Going to Have Some Fun 12
If Washington Should Come to Life 13
I’m Mighty Glad I’m Living and That’s All 14
Life’s a Funny Proposition After All 15
Mary’s a Grand Old Name 15
Nothing New Beneath the Sun 16
Over There 17
So Long, Mary 18
Twentieth-Century Love 18
When a Fellow’s on the Level with a Girl That’s on the Square 19
The Yankee Doodle Boy 19
You’re a Grand Old Flag 20
Henry Creamer (1879–1930)
After You’ve Gone 21
If I Could Be with You 21
’Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 22
P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975)
Bill (Original Version) 23
(Show Boat Version) 24
Bungalow in Quogue 24
Cleopatterer 25
It’s a Hard, Hard World for a Man 26
The Land Where the Good Songs Go 27
Napoleon 27
That Was Before I Met You 28
Till the Clouds Roll By 29
Tulip Time in Sing Sing 29
You Can’t Make Love by Wireless 30
You Never Knew About Me 31
Cecil Mack (1884–1944)
Charleston 32
He’s a Cousin of Mine 33
That’s Why They Call Me “Shine” 33
Bert Kalmar (1884–1947) and Harry Ruby (1895–1974)
Give Me the Simple Life 35
Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You) 36
Three Little Words 36
What a Perfect Combination 37
Who’s Sorry Now? 37
Joseph McCarthy (1885–1943)
Alice Blue Gown 39
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows 39
You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) 40
Sam M. Lewis (1885–1959) and Joe Young (1889–1939)
Dinah 41
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?) 42
For All We Know 42
How ’Ya Gonna Keep ’Em Down on the Farm? (After They’ve Seen Paree) 43
I Wonder Why She Kept on Saying “Si-Si-Si-Si-Senor” 43
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter 44
I’m Sitting on Top of the World 44
Just Friends 45
Life Is a Song, Let’s Sing It Together 45
Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody 46
Street of Dreams 46
Was That the Human Thing to Do? 47
You’re Gonna Lose Your Gal 48
Edgar Leslie (1885–1976)
Among My Souvenirs 49
For Me and My Gal 49
Kansas City Kitty 50
A Little Bit Independent 51
 T’ain’t No Sin to Dance Around in Your Bones 51
Shelton Brooks (1886–1975)
The Darktown Strutters’ Ball 52
(That’s the Way) Dixieland Started Jazz 53
Some of These Days 53
Walkin’ the Dog 54
Gus Kahn (1886–1941)
Ain’t We Got Fun 55
All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm 57
Carolina in the Morning 57
Guilty 58
I’ll See You in My Dreams 58
I’m Through with Love 58
It Had to Be You 59
Love Me or Leave Me 60
Makin’ Whoopee 60
My Baby Just Cares for Me 61
No, No, Nora 61 Okay, Toots 62
The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else) 62
Pretty Baby 63
Tomorrow Is Another Day 63
Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Good-Bye) 64
When My Ship Comes In 64
Yes, Sir! That’s My Baby 65
You Stepped Out of a Dream 66
Clifford Grey (1887–1941)
Hallelujah! 67
If You Were the Only Girl in the World 67
Spread a Little Happiness 68
Haven Gillespie (1888–1975)
Breezin’ Along with the Breeze 69
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town 69
That Lucky Old Sun 70
You Go to My Head 70
Irving Berlin (1888–1989)
Alexander’s Ragtime Band 72
Always 73
Blue Skies 73
Change Partners 74
Cheek to Cheek 74
A Couple of Swells 75
Easter Parade 75
Fools Fall in Love 76
Heat Wave 76
How Deep Is the Ocean? 77
I Got Lost in His Arms 77
I Got the Sun in the Morning 77
Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain?) 78
It’s a Lovely Day Today 79
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 79
Let Me Sing and I’m Happy 79
Let’s Face the Music and Dance 79
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee 80
The Little Things in Life 80
Manhattan Madness 81
Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning 81
Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil 82
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody 83
Puttin’ on the Ritz (Original and Revised Versions) 83
Remember 84
Say It Isn’t So 84
The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On) 85
Supper Time 85
There’s No Business Like Show Business 86
They Say It’s Wonderful 87
This Is the Army, Mr. Jones 87
Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails 88
What’ll I Do? 88
When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam’ 89
White Christmas 89
You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun 89
You’d Be Surprised 90
You’re Just in Love 91
You’re Laughing at Me 91
Maxwell Anderson (1888–1959)
It Never Was You 93
Lost in the Stars 94
September Song 94
Noble Sissle (1889–1975)
Baltimore Buzz 95
I’m Craving for That Kind of Love 95
I’m Just Wild About Harry 96
Grant Clarke (1891–1931)
Am I Blue? 97
Everything Is Peaches Down in Georgia 98
Ragtime Cowboy Joe 98
Second Hand Rose 99
Cole Porter (1891–1964)
All of You 100
Always True to You in My Fashion 100
Anything Goes 102
At Long Last Love 103
Begin the Beguine 103
Brush Up Your Shakespeare 104
Down in the Depths 105
Ev’ry Time We Say Good-bye 106
Friendship 106
From This Moment On 107
Get Out of Town 108
I Concentrate on You 108
I Get a Kick Out of You 108
I’m a Gigolo 109
In the Still of the Night 109
It’s All Right with Me 110
It’s De-Lovely 110
I’ve Got You Under My Skin 111
Just One of Those Things 112
Katie Went to Haiti 112
The Laziest Gal in Town 113
Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love 113
Let’s Not Talk About Love 115
Love for Sale 117 Miss Otis Regrets 117
My Heart Belongs to Daddy 118
Night and Day 118
Red, Hot and Blue 119
Ridin’ High 119
So in Love 121
The Tale of the Oyster 121
They Couldn’t Compare to You 121
Too Darn Hot 123
What Is This Thing Called Love? 124
Where Is the Life That Late I Led? 124
You Don’t Know Paree 125
You’re the Top 125
Al Dubin (1891–1945)
A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich, and You 128
Dames 128
Forty-second Street 129
The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money) 129
I Only Have Eyes for You 130
I’ll String Along with You 130
Lullaby of Broadway 130
Lulu’s Back in Town 131
Remember Me? 131
September in the Rain 132
She’s a Latin from Manhattan 132
Shuffle Off to Buffalo 133
Young and Healthy 133
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me 134
Clarence Gaskill (1892–1948)
I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me 135
Minnie, the Moocher 135
Prisoner of Love 137
Mort Dixon (1892–1956)
Bye Bye Blackbird 138
A Great Big Bunch of You 139
I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) 139
The Lady in Red 139
Nagasaki 140
River, Stay ’Way from My Door 141
Would You Like to Take a Walk? 142
Jack Yellen (1892–1991)
Ain’t She Sweet? 143
Are You Havin’ Any Fun? 144
Glad Rag Doll 144
Happy Days Are Here Again 145
Hard-Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of
Savannah) 145
Louisville Lou (The Vampin’ Lady) 146
Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes 147
Roy Turk (1892–1934)
Ain’t That the Way It Goes? 148
Are You Lonesome Tonight? 149
Gimme a Little Kiss (Will Ya, Huh?) 149
I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) 150
I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 151
Mean to Me 151
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home 152
Walter Donaldson (1893–1947)
Because My Baby Don’t Mean Maybe Now 153
Little White Lies 154
You’re Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?) 154
Herman Hupfeld (1894–1951)
Are You Makin’ Any Money? 156
As Time Goes By 156
Let’s Put Out the Lights and Go to
Sleep 157
When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba 157
Ted Koehler (1894–1973)
As Long As I Live 159
Between the Devil and the Deep
Blue Sea 160
Don’t Worry ’Bout Me 160
Good for Nothin’ Joe 160
Happy As the Day Is Long 161
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues 161
I’ve Got the World on a String 162
Ill Wind 162
Let’s Fall in Love 163
Sing, My Heart 163
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around 164
Stop! You’re Breakin’ My Heart 164
Stormy Weather 165
Tess’s Torch Song (I Had a Man) 165Truckin’ 166
When the Sun Comes Out 166
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 166
Arthur Freed (1894–1973)
All I Do Is Dream of You 168
Broadway Melody 169
Fit As a Fiddle 169
Good Morning 170
I Cried for You 170
I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ 170
Singin’ in the Rain 171
This Heart of Mine 171
You Were Meant for Me 172
B. G. (Buddy) DeSylva (1895–1950), Lew Brown (1893–1958), and Ray Henderson (1896–1970)
April Showers 174
The Best Things in Life Are Free 174
The Birth of the Blues 174
(Here Am I) Broken Hearted 175
Button Up Your Overcoat 175
California, Here I Come 176
Do It Again 177
Don’t Bring Lulu 177
I Want to Be Bad 178
I’ll Say She Does 178
If I Had a Talking Picture of You 179
If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 179
It All Depends on You 180
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries 180
Look for the Silver Lining 181
Magnolia 181
Maybe This Is Love 182
Never Swat a Fly 182
Somebody Loves Me 183
Straw Hat in the Rain 184
Sunny Side Up 184
Thank Your Father 184
That Old Feeling 185
Turn On the Heat 185
The Varsity Drag 186
You’re an Old Smoothie 186
You’re the Cream in My Coffee 187
Leo Robin (1895–1984)
Beyond the Blue Horizon 188
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend 189
Easy Living 189
For Every Man There’s a Woman 189
Hooray for Love 190
In Love in Vain 190
Little Girl from Little Rock 191
Louise 191
Love Is Just Around the Corner 192
My Cutey’s Due at Two-to-Two Today 193
My Ideal 193
No Love, No Nothin’ 194
Thanks for the Memory 194
Lorenz Hart (1895–1943)
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 196
Blue Moon 198
The Blue Room 198
Dancing on the Ceiling 199
Falling in Love with Love 199
Glad to Be Unhappy 200
Have You Met Miss Jones? 200
He Was Too Good to Me 200
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 201
I Wish I Were in Love Again 201
It Never Entered My Mind 202
It’s Got to Be Love 203
I’ve Got Five Dollars 203
Johnny One-Note 204
The Lady Is a Tramp 205
Little Girl Blue 206
Manhattan 206
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World 207
Mountain Greenery 208
My Funny Valentine 208
My Heart Stood Still 209
My Romance 209
Nobody’s Heart 210
A Ship Without a Sail 210
Spring Is Here 211
Ten Cents a Dance 211
There’s a Small Hotel 212
This Can’t Be Love 212
This Funny World 213
Thou Swell 213
To Keep My Love Alive 214
Wait Till You See Her 215
Where or When 216
With a Song in My Heart 216
You Are Too Beautiful 217
You Took Advantage of Me 217
Zip 218
Irving Caesar (1895–1996)
Animal Crackers in My Soup 219
Crazy Rhythm 219
I Want to Be Happy 220
Is It True What They Say About Dixie? 221
Just a Gigolo 221
Sometimes I’m Happy 222
Spanish Jake 222
Tea for Two 223
Too Many Rings Around Rosie 223
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)
All er Nothin’ 225
All the Things You Are 226
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man 227
Dat’s Love (Habanera) 227
Don’t Ever Leave Me 228
The Folks Who Live on the Hill 228
The Gentleman Is a Dope 229
Happy Talk 229
Hello, Young Lovers 230
I Cain’t Say No 231
I’ll Take Romance 231
If I Loved You 232
It Might As Well Be Spring 232
I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star 233
June Is Bustin’ Out All Over 233
The Last Time I Saw Paris 234
Lover, Come Back to Me! 234
Make Believe 235
Many a New Day 235
Mister Snow 236
My Favorite Things 237
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’! 237
Ol’ Man River 237
People Will Say We’re in Love 238
Shall We Dance? 239
Soliloquy 239
Some Enchanted Evening 241
The Song Is You 241
The Sound of Music 242
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top 242
There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame 243
Who? 244
Why Was I Born? 245
A Wonderful Guy 245
You’ll Never Walk Alone 246
Younger Than Springtime 246
Andy Razaf (1895–1973)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ 247
Black and Blue (What Did I Do to Be So
Black and Blue?) 248
Guess Who’s in Town? (Nobody but
That Gal of Mine) 249
Honeysuckle Rose 250
I’d Give a Dollar for a Dime 250
The Joint Is Jumpin’ 250
Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now 251
Memories of You 251
My Handy Man 252
My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More 252
My Man o’War 253
My Special Friend (Is Back in Town) 254
A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid 255
S’posin’ 255
Stompin’ at the Savoy 256
Tan Manhattan 256
You’re Lucky to Me 257
E. Y. Harburg (1896–1981)
April in Paris 258
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 259
Down with Love 259
The Eagle and Me 260
Fun to Be Fooled 260
Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe 261
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? 261
I Like the Likes of You 262
If I Only Had a Brain (If I Only Had a Heart) (If I Only Had the Nerve) 262
If This Isn’t Love 264
It’s Only a Paper Moon 264
Last Night When We Were Young 265
Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block 265
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady 266
Moon About Town 267
Necessity 268
Old Devil Moon 268
Over the Rainbow 269
The Springtime Cometh 269
Then I’ll Be Tired of You 270
We’re Off to See the Wizard (The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz) 270
What Is There to Say? 270
When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love 271
Paul James (1896–1969)
Can This Be Love? 272
Can’t We Be Friends? 272
Fine and Dandy 273
Howard Dietz (1896–1983)
Alone Together 274
Blue Grass 275
Dancing in the Dark 275
Haunted Heart 276
I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan 276
I See Your Face Before Me 277
If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You 277
Rhode Island Is Famous for You 277
Something to Remember You By 278
That’s Entertainment 279
Triplets 280
You and the Night and the Music 281
Harry Woods (1896–1970)
Over My Shoulder 282
Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home 282
Side by Side 283
Try a Little Tenderness 284
We Just Couldn’t Say Good-bye 284
When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along 284
Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)
The Babbitt and the Bromide 285
Bidin’ My Time 286
Blah, Blah, Blah 287
But Not for Me 287
Do, Do, Do 288
Embraceable You 289
Fascinating Rhythm 290
A Foggy Day (In London Town) 291
How Long Has This Been Going On? 291
I Can’t Get Started 292
I Got Plenty o’ Nuthin’ 293
I Got Rhythm 294
Isn’t It a Pity? 294
It Ain’t Necessarily So 296
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off 296
Long Ago (And Far Away) 297
Love Is Here to Stay 297
Love Is Sweeping the Country 298
The Man I Love 298
The Man That Got Away 299
My Ship 299
Nice Work If You Can Get It 300
Of Thee I Sing 300
Oh, Lady, Be Good! 300
One Life to Live 301
The Saga of Jenny 301
Someone to Watch over Me 303
Strike Up the Band 303
Sunny Disposish 304
’S Wonderful 304
Tchaikowsky (And Other Russians) 305
They All Laughed 306
They Can’t Take That Away from Me 306
Things Are Looking Up 307
Who Cares? 307
Mann Holiner (1897–1958)
Until the Real Thing Comes Along 308
Why Shouldn’t It Happen to Us? 309
You Can’t Stop Me from Lovin’ You 309
Noel Gay (1898–1954)
Lambeth Walk 311
Leaning on a Lamppost 311
Me and My Girl 312
Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981)
Don’t Forget to Say No, Baby 313
Hong Kong Blues 314
I Get Along Without You Very Well 314
Lazy River 314
Rockin’ Chair 315
Noël Coward (1899–1973)
A Bar on the Piccola Marina 316
Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans 317
I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party 319
I Wonder What Happened to Him 320
I’ll See You Again 321
Let’s Do It 322
London Pride 323
Mad About the Boy 324
Mad Dogs and Englishmen 327
Mrs. Worthington 328
Never Again 329
Nina 329
Poor Little Rich Girl 331
Sail Away 331
(I’m So) Weary of It All 332
Why Must the Show Go On? 333
Mitchell Parish (1900–1993)
Deep Purple 335
Sophisticated Lady 336
Star Dust 336
Stars Fell on Alabama 336
Sweet Lorraine 337
Kim Gannon (1900–1974)
A Dreamer’s Holiday 338
Moonlight Cocktail 338
Reciprocity 339
Edward Eliscu (1901–1998)
Flying Down to Rio 340
Great Day 340
More Than You Know 341
Without a Song 341
Eric Maschwitz (1901–1969)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley
Square 343
Paris Is Not the Same 344
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 344
Ned Washington (1901–1976)
Give Me a Heart to Sing To 346
A Hundred Years from Today 346
Love Is the Thing 347
My Foolish Heart 347
The Nearness of You 348
A Woman’s Intuition 348
Meredith Willson (1902–1984)
Seventy-six Trombones 349
Till There Was You 350
Ya Got Trouble 350
Ogden Nash (1902–1971)
I’m a Stranger Here Myself 352
Round About 353
The Sea-Gull and the Ea-Gull 354
Speak Low 354
Sweet Bye and Bye 354
Sam Coslow (1902–1983)
Cocktails for Two 356
(I’m in Love With) The Honorable
Mr. So and So 356
It’s Love Again 357
My Old Flame 357
(Up on Top of a Rainbow) Sweepin’ the Clouds Away 358
True Blue Lou 358
Irving Kahal (1903–1942)
I Can Dream, Can’t I? 359
I’ll Be Seeing You 359
The Night Is Young and You’re So
Beautiful 360
Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That
Old Gang of Mine 360
When I Take My Sugar to Tea 361
Ray Noble (1903–1978)
Good Night, Sweetheart 362
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You 363
The Touch of Your Lips 363
The Very Thought of You 363
Eddie DeLange (1904–1949)
Darn That Dream 365
Shake Down the Stars 365
Solitude 366
Mack Gordon (1904–1959)
Chattanooga Choo-Choo 367
Head over Heels in Love 368
I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) 368
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo 369
Love Thy Neighbor 369
Mam’selle 369
Meet the Beat of My Heart 370
Serenade in Blue 370
There Will Never Be Another You 371
There’s a Lull in My Life 371
You Hit the Spot 371
You Make Me Feel So Young 372
Allan Roberts (1905–1966) and Doris Fisher (1915– )
Put the Blame on Mame 373
That Old Devil Called Love 374
Tired 374
Dorothy Fields (1905–1974)
Blue Again 376
Bojangles of Harlem 377
Don’t Blame Me 377
A Fine Romance 378
Have Feet, Will Dance 378
I Can’t Give You Anything but Love 379
I Won’t Dance 379
I’m in the Mood for Love 380
I’m Livin’ in a Great Big Way 380
It’s All Yours 381
Lovely to Look At 381
Make the Man Love Me 382
Never Gonna Dance 382
On the Sunny Side of the Street 382
Pick Yourself Up 383
Remind Me 383
There Must Be Somethin’ Better
Than Love 384
The Way You Look Tonight 385
You Couldn’t Be Cuter 385
Herb Magidson (1906–1986)
The Continental (You Kiss While You’re Dancing) 386
Gone with the Wind 387
(I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over 387
Music, Maestro, Please! 387
T’ain’t No Use 388
Harold Adamson (1906–1980)
Everything I Have Is Yours 389
I Just Found Out About Love 389
It’s a Most Unusual Day 390
It’s Been So Long 390
Make with the Feet 391
Time on My Hands 391
Where Are You? 391
Alec Wilder (1907–1980)
Did You Ever Cross over to Sneden’s 393
I’ll Be Around 394
It’s So Peaceful in the Country 394
Trouble Is a Man 394
Edward Heyman (1907–1981)
Blame It on My Youth 396
Body and Soul 396
Easy Come, Easy Go 397
Ho Hum 397
I Cover the Waterfront 398
I Wanna Be Loved 398
When I Fall in Love 399
You’re Mine, You! 399
Ralph Freed (1907–1973)
Babes on Broadway 401
How About You 401
You Leave Me Breathless 402
Paul Francis Webster (1907–1984)
Baltimore Oriole 403
Black Coffee 404
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief 404
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good 405
Jump for Joy 405
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 406
Secret Love 406
Two Cigarettes in the Dark 406
Harold Rome (1908–1993)
Call Me Mister 407
Chain Store Daisy 408
Doing the Reactionary 409
Don’t Wanna Write About the South 409
F.D.R. Jones 409
The Military Life 410
The Money Song 411
(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings 413
Nobody Makes a Pass at Me 413
Ring on the Finger 414
South America, Take It Away! 415
Who Knows? 416
Wish You Were Here 416
Johnny Burke (1908–1964)
Ain’t It a Shame About Mame 418
But Beautiful 419
Good Time Charlie 419
Here’s That Rainy Day 420
Imagination 420
It Could Happen to You 420
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams 421
Like Someone in Love 421
Misty 421
Moonlight Becomes You 422
My Heart Is a Hobo 422
Pennies from Heaven 422
Personality 423
Polka Dots and Moonbeams 423
The Road to Morocco 424
Sleigh Ride in July 424
Swinging on a Star 425
Welcome to My Dream 425
You May Not Love Me 426
Don Raye (1909–1985)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 427
I’ll Remember April 428
Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet! 428
Mister Five by Five 429
You Don’t Know What Love Is 429
Don George (1909–1985)
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ but the Blues 430
I’m Beginning to See the Light 430
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream 430
It’s Kind of Lonesome Out Tonight 431
Tulip or Turnip 431
George Marion, Jr. (1909–1968)
The Ladies Who Sing with a Band 432
Love Is a Random Thing 432
My Future Just Passed 433
There’s a Man in My Life 434
Johnny Mercer (1909–1976)
Accentuate the Positive 435
Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry 436
Blues in the Night 436
Come Rain or Come Shine 437
Day In—Day Out 437
Early Autumn 437
Glow-Worm 438
Hooray for Hollywood 438
How Little We Know 439
I Remember You 439
I Thought About You 439
I Wonder What Became of Me 440
I’m Old-Fashioned 440
Jeepers Creepers 440
Laura 441
Midnight Sun 441
Moon River 441
My Shining Hour 442
On the Atchison, Topeka and the
Santa Fe 442
One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) 442
Out of This World 443
P.S. I Love You 443
Satin Doll 444
Skylark 444
Something’s Gotta Give 444
Tangerine 445
That Old Black Magic 445
Too Marvelous for Words 445
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby 446
You Were Never Lovelier 446
Frank Loesser (1910–1969)
Adelaide’s Lament 447
Baby, It’s Cold Outside 448
The Boys in the Backroom 449
Fugue for Tinhorns 449
Guys and Dolls 450
I Believe in You 451
I Don’t Want to Walk Without You 452
I Hear Music 452
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So 452
If I Were a Bell 453
The Lady’s in Love with You 453
Luck Be a Lady Tonight 454
Make a Miracle 454
Murder, He Says 456
My Darling, My Darling 457
Once in Love with Amy 457
Sand in My Shoes 458
Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat 458
Somebody, Somewhere 459
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year 459
Take Back Your Mink 460
They’re Either Too Young or Too Old 460
Two Sleepy People 461
Bobby Troup (1910–1999)
Baby, Baby All the Time 462
Daddy 463
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66! 463
You’re in Love 463
You’re Lookin’ at Me 464
Mack David (1912–1993)
Candy 465
I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So 465
A Sinner Kissed an Angel 466
Sunflower 466
Jack Lawrence (1912– )
All or Nothing at All 468
Foolin’ Myself 468
Linda 469
The Other Half of Me 469
Sleepy Lagoon 469
Tenderly 470
What’s Your Story, Morning Glory 470
Tom Adair (1913–1988)
Everything Happens to Me 471
Let’s Get Away from It All 471
The Night We Called It a Day 472
Violets for Your Furs 472
Will You Still Be Mine? 473
Sammy Cahn (1913–1993)
All the Way 474
Call Me Irresponsible 475
Come Fly with Me 475
Day by Day 475
Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry 476
I Fall in Love Too Easily 476
I Should Care 476
I’ll Walk Alone 477
It’s Magic 477
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 478
Love and Marriage 478
Put ’Em in a Box, Tie ’Em with a
Ribbon (And Throw ’Em in the
Deep Blue Sea) 478
The Second Time Around 479
Teach Me Tonight 479
(Love Is) The Tender Trap 479
The Things We Did Last Summer 480
Time After Time 480
William Engvick (1914– )
Crazy in the Heart 482
While We’re Young 482
Who Can I Turn To? 483
Hugh Martin (1914– ) and Ralph Blane (1914–1995)
An Occasional Man 484
Ev’ry Time 485
Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas 485
I Never Felt Better 486
Love 487
Spring Isn’t Everything 488
That Face 488
The Trolley Song 489
Robert Wright (1914– ) and George Forrest (1915–1999)
And This Is My Beloved 490
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads 491
It’s a Blue World 491
Strange Music 491
Stranger in Paradise 491
Irving Gordon (1915–1996)
Be Anything (But Be Mine) 493
Prelude to a Kiss 493
Unforgettable 493
Jay Livingston (1915–2001) and Ray Evans (1915– )
Buttons and Bows 495
Femininity 496
Haven’t Got a Worry 496
Keep It Simple 497
Mona Lisa 497
Never Let Me Go 497
To Each His Own 497
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) 498
Bob Russell (1915–1970)
Ballerina 499
Crazy She Calls Me 499
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore 500
I Didn’t Know About You 500
You Came a Long Way from St. Louis 500
Bart Howard (1915– )
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other
Words) 502
Who Besides You 502
Would You Believe It? 503
Year After Year 503
Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967)
A Lonely Coed 504
Lush Life 504
Something to Live For 505
Betty Comden (1917– ) and Adolph Green (1915– )
Adventure 506
All of My Life 508
Conga 508
I Can Cook, Too 509
If You Hadn’t—But You Did 510
Just in Time 511
A Little Bit in Love 511
Lonely Town 512
Lucky to Be Me 512
Make Someone Happy 513
New York, New York 513
Not Mine 514
The Party’s Over 514
Some Other Time 515
Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks 515
You Mustn’t Feel Discouraged 516
John Latouche (1917–1956)
Cabin in the Sky 517
Honey in the Honeycomb 518
Lazy Afternoon 518
Love Turned the Light Out 519
Maybe I Should Change My Ways 519
Not a Care in the World 519
Summer Is a-Comin’ In 520
Taking a Chance on Love 521
Bob Hilliard (1918–1971)
Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) 523
The Coffee Song (They’ve Got an
Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil) 524
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning 525
Alan Jay Lerner (1918–1986)
Almost Like Being in Love 526
Camelot 527
Come Back to Me 527
The Heather on the Hill 528
A Hymn to Him 529
I Could Have Danced All Night 530
I Left My Hat in Haiti 530
I Remember It Well 530
If Ever I Would Leave You 531
I’m Glad I’m Not Young Any More 531
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face 532
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 533
On the Street Where You Live 533
Paris Is Paris Again 534
The Rain in Spain 534
Wouldn’t It Be Luverly? 535
Jack Segal (1918– )
I Keep Going Back to Joe’s 536
Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You 536
When Sunny Gets Blue 537
Wind in the Willow 537
Ervin Drake (1919– )
The Friendliest Thing (Two People Can Do) 538
It Was a Very Good Year 538
Just for Today 539
Bob Merrill (1920–1998)
Don’t Rain on My Parade 540
Music That Makes Me Dance 541
People 541
Staying Young 541
Peggy Lee (1920– )
I Don’t Know Enough About You 543
I Love Being Here with You 543
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ 544
It’s a Good Day 545
Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me) 545
That’s My Style 546
George David Weiss (1921– )
Lullaby of Birdland 547
Oh! What It Seemed to Be 547
Too Close for Comfort 548
Richard Adler (1921– ) and Jerry Ross (1926–1955)
Heart 549
Hernando’s Hideaway 550
Hey There 550
There Once Was a Man 550
Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) 551
Joseph McCarthy, Jr. (1922–1975)
Cloudy Morning 552
I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of
My Life 552
The Riviera 552
Why Try to Change Me Now? 553
Marshall Barer (1923–1998)
Beyond Compare 554
Here Come the Dreamers 554
On Such a Night As This 555
Shall We Join the Ladies? 555
Very Soft Shoes 556
Sandy Wilson (1924– )
The Boy Friend 558
It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love 559
A Room in Bloomsbury 559
Lee Adams (1924– )
But Alive 561
Kids! 561
Once Upon a Time 562
Put on a Happy Face 562
Those Were the Days 563
Sheldon Harnick (1924– )
The Boston Beguine 564
If I Were a Rich Man 565
Little Tin Box 566
Matchmaker 567
(The Ballad of) The Shape of Things 567
She Loves Me 568
Someone’s Been Sending Me Flowers 569
Sunrise, Sunset 569
Tonight at Eight 570
(I’ll Marry) The Very Next Man 571
Alan Bergman (1925– ) and Marilyn Bergman (1929– )
Summer Me, Winter Me 572
The Way We Were 572
The Windmills of Your Mind 573
You Must Believe in Spring 573
Carolyn Leigh (1926–1983)
The Best Is Yet to Come 575
Hey, Look Me Over 576
How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) 576
I Walk a Little Faster 576
It Amazes Me! 577
I’ve Got Your Number 577
Real Live Girl 578
The Rules of the Road 578
When in Rome (I Do As the
Romans Do) 579
Witchcraft 579
You Fascinate Me So 580
Young at Heart 580
Fran Landesman (1927– )
The Ballad of the Sad Young Men 581
Photographs 582
Say “Cheese!” 582
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the
Most 583
Gene Lees (1928– )
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) 584
The Right to Love 584
Waltz for Debby 585
Stephen Sondheim (1930– )
All I Need Is the Girl 586
America 587
Another Hundred People 587
Comedy Tonight 588
Everybody Says Don’t 589
Everything’s Coming Up Roses 590
Gee, Officer Krupke 590
I Never Do Anything Twice (Madam’s Song) 592
I’m Still Here 593
In Buddy’s Eyes 594
The Ladies Who Lunch 594
Losing My Mind 595
Remember? 595
Send in the Clowns 596
Some People 596
Somewhere 597
Together Wherever We Go 597
Lionel Bart (1930–1998)
As Long As He Needs Me 599
Fings Ain’t Wot They Used t’Be 599
Reviewing the Situation 600
Leslie Bricusse (1931– )
The Candy Man 602
Goldfinger 603
What Kind of Fool Am I? 603
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me?) 603
Jerry Herman (1931– )
Before the Parade Passes By 605
Hello, Dolly! 605
I Won’t Send Roses 606
If He Walked into My Life 606
Mame 607
Tap Your Troubles Away 607
Time Heals Everything 608
Fred Ebb (1932– )
And All That Jazz 609
Cabaret 610
Class 610
The Happy Time 611
My Coloring Book 611
Nowadays 612
A Quiet Thing 612
Dave Frishberg (1933– )
Another Song About Paris 613
I’m Hip 614
Peel Me a Grape 615
Van Lingle Mungo 615
Richard Maltby, Jr. (1937– )
I Don’t Remember Christmas 616
A Little Bit Off 617
Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life 617
(1909) By the Light of the Silvery Moon / Edward Madden 619
(1909) I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers / R. P. Weston and F. J. Barnes 619
(1910) Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl / Edgar Smith 620
(1910) Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey / Junie McCree 621
(1912) My Melancholy Baby / George Norton 621
(1912) Row, Row, Row / William Jerome 622

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